Devo Walking in faith
Daniel 1:1-8 (NIV)
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. 3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. 6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
I find people often times have a distorted view of what is fair. The problem I believe is their foundation of thinking. They believe they are good therefore are entitled to certain rights and that all men are. We were born into sin and therefore deserve nothing, but a fearful expectation of punishment. As hard as that sounds God in His mercy leaves the sin committed before we know Him unpunished, that we might be reconciled to Him. This is mercy that leads to grace. As I have told my children many a time aren’t you glad God isn’t fair for if He was we would all be in hell.
Here we have four fugitives from Israel that have been commanded by the king of Babylon to serve him and to make matters seemingly worst God tells them to do it. They have lost country, city, temple, parents, royal position, names, made eunuchs, and the list goes on, but they refused to compromise living for God. They obeyed His word and refused to defile themselves. The world would teach God did you wrong or you deserve a break, what difference does it make now, live a little, or you’re the only ones left, God is rewarding you now. They walked by faith. How do I know? They obeyed God’s commandments. You may think then why did they end up where they were at? Do what God says and he will reward you with greater responsibility. It is His way of saying “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Want to be promoted in the kingdom? Walk in faith and obey Him. Listen, to obey Him is to love Him. Who would you promote? A servant who loves you or one with ability but is not faithful? The former won’t let you down. By the way they saved all Israel.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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